Good weekend to everyone.
With reports from a resurgence of polio in New YorkPennsylvania state officials are encouraging unvaccinated Pennsylvanians to get the shot.
Symptoms of the polio virus are similar to the flu and include sore throat, fever, nausea and stomach ache. Some of those who contract the virus develop more serious symptoms such as paralysis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health told the Capital-Star that there are currently no cases of polio in the commonwealth and no cases of the virus have been reported in Pennsylvania on more than 40 years.
“The department does, however, want to remind everyone of the importance of staying up-to-date on vaccines, including the polio vaccine.” Maggi Barton, spokeswoman for the department, said. “For those who have not yet received their polio vaccine, we encourage them to contact their health care provider for more information and to schedule.”
Barton said the vaccines “have been shown to be safe and effective in preventing the onset of polio.”
The Pennsylvania Department of Health “is alert and working to provide Pennsylvanians with access to vaccines in every corner of the state,” Barton said.
As always, this week’s top five stories are below.
1. Cincinnati FBI raider grew up on farm in central Pennsylvania
The gunman who tried to break into the FBI’s Cincinnati field office on Thursday grew up on a farm in central Pennsylvania’s Perry County, The Washington Post reported.
Ricky W. Shiffer fled after trying to enter the visitor screening area of the FBI office, the agency said. He led police on a chase that ended in a six-hour standoff when he came to a stop on a country road outside Cincinnati.
Shiffer, 42, was shot and killed by police after raising a gun, authorities said.
2. Florida Jewish and Democratic leaders urge DeSantis to cancel Mastriano’s rally appearance
Jewish and Democratic leaders in Florida urged Sunshine State Gov. Ron DeSantis to cancel an appearance Friday in Pittsburgh where he will campaign for Doug Mastriano, the Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania.
In a video call with reporters Thursday, Rabbi Mark Winer, chairman of the Florida Democratic Jewish Caucus, said DeSantis’ alliance with Mastriano in Pennsylvania provides comfort and safe harbor to racists and bigots.
DeSantis has been criticized for extremist politics and what Winer described as “a subtle, clever kind of bigotry.” DeSantis came under fire earlier this year for failing to condemn a neo-Nazi rally in central Florida. DeSantis is running for re-election in November.
3. A clue if they can keep it. Polls put Dems Fetterman and Shapiro ahead for now | Mark O’Keefe
John Fetterman and Josh Shapiro have received good news with last month’s Fox News poll showing them comfortably leading their respective Republican rivals, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Doug Mastriano.
According to the poll, Fetterman, the current lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, was leading Oz, a famous surgeon, by 47 to 36 percent in the US Senate race.
Meanwhile, Shapiro, the two-term state attorney general, beat Mastriano, a state senator from Franklin County, 50-40 percent in the equally consequential race for governor.
4. How is monkey pox spread? An epidemiologist explains | analysis
Monkeypox is caused by a virus that, despite periodic outbreaks, is not thought to spread easily from person to person and has not historically stimulated long chains of transmission within communities. Now, many researchers are left scratching their heads as to why monkeypox appears to be spreading so easily and unconventionally in the current global outbreak.
Monkeypox virus is usually spread by direct contact with respiratory secretions, such as mucus or saliva, or skin lesions. Traditionally, skin lesions appear soon after infection as a rash: small round pimples or papules on the face, hands or genitals. These lesions can also appear inside the mouth, eyes, and other parts of the body that produce mucus. They can last several weeks and be a source of viruses before they are completely healed. Other symptoms usually include fever, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue and headache.
5. Fetterman enlists the “Jersey Shore” reality star to help troll Dr. oz
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s online campaign for the US Senate has largely focused on trolling his opponent Mehmet Oz, who is best known for his television appearances. The show of Dr. oz, with social media memes. Now, Fetterman has enlisted another former TV personality to help ridicule the Republican nominee.
And this is the week. See you back here next week.